A Quick and Dirty Guide To London Insurance Arbitrations

A dozen years after asbestos and environmental liabilities of U.S. companies led to the downfall of Lloyds’, London is again in the center of the liability insurance world—this time as the location for many insurance arbitrations over coverage for product and toxic tort liabilities. Foreign insurers insist upon arbitrating coverage disputes in London to avoid having their contractual obligations decided in the U.S. courts, where rulings in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in billions of dollars in insurance coverage awards and settlements for corporate America and asbestos trust funds. American companies need to be prepared for this new reality.

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